Two wishes, from two different families are coming true in a big way. “I’m actually going to help build a real house!” said 7-year-old Jonathan Wendorf before his birthday, The blonde hair, blue eyed 2nd grader’s selflessness captured the hearts with Habitat For Humanity. Instead of toys for his birthday he wanted to build a home for a veteran, without hesitation the non-profit put together the first ever ‘birthday build’.
News Center 23’s Derick Garcia first spoke with Jonathon in his classroom to rally volunteers to make his birthday wish come true. Jonathan specifically wanted to build a home for a veteran and Habitat for Humanity Director Wayne Lowry had one in mind.
On April 22nd two wishes came true; Jonathan’s wish to build a home and for the Liscano family who have wanted to be homeowners but could not afford the dream. “It was really hard lots of struggles she saw it first-hand” said Orlando at the birthday build.
Orlando Liscano was hit by an explosive device while serving with the United States Marine Corps. in Iraq. His injuries made the transition from military life to civilian has been rough. For 8 years, Orlando and his wife Edith have been living in a single bedroom at his mothers house. The conditions are cramped and in the eight years since moving in with his mother, the couple have added two children to the mix.
“We just had a baby so he’s our second so he’ll have a home to grow up in so excited we’re very excited” said Edith standing beside her eldest son, 6-year-old Orlando Jr.
Collectively, the family all has the same future vision for their future home in Palmview, “Our first Christmas that’s what I’m looking forward. Our actual first Christmas for ourselves and my kids waking up in our new home Christmas morning.” Said Edith with an ear-to-ear smile.
The home is months away from being complete, but it is a start for a family whose dream came true by a young boy’s wish.